The use of solvents yields a deeper, richer rose aroma, making the absolute far better for perfumery, and perhaps for emotional uses. However, for skin care, for internal uses, and for physical effects the pure steam-distilled Bulgarian Rose Otto is the wiser choice. Both are well worth experiencing! One luxury-loving client recommends blending the two for the ultimate sensory experience.
Of all of our various Rose Absolutes, this Rosa damascena has the deepest notes, perhaps a blend of sunshine and shadow. I would call it a deep heart note, compared to the high heart notes of the sunnier centifolia extractions.
The absolute is a deep orange in color, and needs diluting to be truly appreciated and is available in a 5% Dilution.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 3 to 4 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.